I met once with a friend of a friend who was writing a book and wanted to talk about getting it published. I make it a policy not to give publishing advice, mainly because I don’t have any reliable advice to give. But for some reason I met with this writer. Perhaps I had not yet established my not-talking-about-publishing policy. Perhaps this meeting was the very reason I established the policy.
This writer was getting close to the end of her manuscript, she said, and getting it published was the most important thing in the world.
The most important thing? I asked. In the world?
Yes, she said. She had poured her all into this book, and she would be crushed if it never got published.
I asked her what she thought publication was going to do for her.Read More